I took paxil during the first half of my first pregnancy, and got off it (against my doctors advice) The next few months were full of panic attacks and anxiety. Thered has been a lot of reasearc about the effects of stress hormones on the fetus and a link to developing autism. For my second pregnancy, I took paxil throughout, and avoided the anxiety and panic attacks altogether. Both babies turned out fine, and neither had any type of withdrawal.
I would advise any pregnant woman taking Paxil to talk to her physician in light of the FDA's new stance on Paxil. I took it in the first trimester before I knew I was pregnant, and my son was born with a vascular problem. Read about it at:
I am sorry to hear about your son. Is he okay now?
How many miligrams of Paxil did you take while pregnant?
I had major panic attacks in my last pregnancy and took paxil cr 12.5 from 5 months on. My son was fine.
I am now pregnant again and am still taking 12.5 mg but I am so nervous about these new studies and taking the medicine in my first trimester.
Welcome to Healing Well. The first thing I want you to do is try to calm down. I hope by the time you read this you have already talked to your doctor. He is the only one that can advise you what to take in your situation. Hopeful is correct in telling you to talk with your healthcare professional. The only test I am aware of is the Amniocentesis, and that is not done rountinely, only to determine genetic abnormalities. Please continue to post and update us as to what you have decided to do.